Parking ticket for expired VA inspection sticker?

Just curious why the Prince William County PD has their parking enforcement officers issuing PARKING tickets in a shopping center parking lot, for an expired VA STATE inspection sticker. I thought this would be a STATE Police enforcement issue. When the officer asked me why it was expired, I said I didn't realize it was. He said sometimes the year part of the sticker fades away(Which it did). All I could see was the month on the sticker.
I'm not sure why taxpayers are paying PWC police to patrol shopping center parking lots.  If I was illegally parked(fire lane, handicapped space) it would make sense. But an expired STATE sticker?  Please explain this to me.
Thank you
Jason Jordan March 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM
I'm sorry, but where did I say I am above the law or that I didn't deserve to get ticketed? I don't deny my sticker was expired, and have already mailed the check for the fine. My post was about who should be enforcing this law, not questioning the law itself. So go back and try reading it again, as you have clearly confused what I was asking about. As far as not knowing it was expired, forgive me for not keeping track of that as well as you obviously do. Since I have lived in VA, the dealership where I take my car for servicing has always taken care of the state inspection. I just haven't gotten in there lately for service, so that's why I didn't have an up to date sticker. Again, I'm not blaming anyone for the ticket, as it is my responsibility. I am just questioning who should have the authority to enforce this law. Have a great day!
Robert Morris March 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Wow! Jeanne L Melendez, you seriously need to lighten up! Jason is neither a criminal or a bad person for not getting his inspection done before expiration. Exactly what harm do you expect would have happened? I seriously doubt he would have had to rob a bank or attack someone as a result of an expired sticker. It's just not that serious of an offense. What it is, though, is a great way to raise revenue for the county, and that is the real reason for the police patrolling the parking lots. I have done this, as have many others. Mine expired because I am retired and do not drive every day. Am I a criminal because I am retired and did not see my inspection sticker expiration? My question for the police is: Why is it that you freely patrol private parking lots to spot expired inspection stickers, but refuse to investigate a minor accident between two vehicles, stating that it is on private property?
Jason Jordan March 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I guess if they charged a "show up fee", they would investigate minor accidents. All about the revenue, I guess. Thanks for your post.
Robert Morris March 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM
I kind of think their salary plus being equipped with new vehicles and lots of high-tech equipment is their "show up fee." I do appreciate their efforts to maintain good order and discipline among the masses, and I herald their bravery in the face of possible danger, but patrolling parking lots for inspection violators? Really? Is that why we are taxed so heavily, to support parking lot attendants?
Jason Jordan March 23, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Well put, sir. I couldn't have said it better myself.


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